ol·​i·​garch | \ ˈä-lə-ˌgärk, ˈō- \

Definition of oligarch 

: a member or supporter of an oligarchy

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The process was highlighted recently by an arrangement struck by the Treasury and a number of Russian companies owned by Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. Samuel Rubenfeld, WSJ, "U.S. Signals Off-Ramp for Sanctions Against Venezuelan TV Station," 8 Jan. 2019 Intrater is the American cousin of Viktor Vekselberg, a Russian oligarch whose company is under US sanctions. Alex Finley - Center For Public Integrity, Vox, "How Russian money and influence slipped through cracks in the US legal system," 25 Oct. 2018 The founder was a guy named Tevfik Arif and the managing director was Felix Sater, a man with numerous ties to Russian oligarchs and Russian intelligence. Sean Illing, Vox, "Trump’s ties to the Russian mafia go back 3 decades," 8 Dec. 2018 They were adept at moving money around the world, dealing with shady Russian oligarchs and the like. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "Donald Trump is totally wrong about obstruction of justice," 1 May 2018 That same memo claimed that Trump was providing information to the Kremlin, mostly on Russian oligarchs and their families. Alex Finley - Center For Public Integrity, Vox, "Trump got the National Enquirer to bury his secrets. Did he do the same with Putin?," 21 Dec. 2018 Chronic skepticism and the cognitive DDoS will increase polarization, leading to a consolidation of trust in distinct sets of right and left-wing authority figures – thought oligarchs speaking to entirely separate groups. Casey Newton, The Verge, "A looming strike over Project Dragonfly is putting new pressure on Google," 30 Nov. 2018 The White House has imposed sanctions on Russian oligarchs and provided lethal weapons to anti-Russian forces in Ukraine. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump to Meet Putin in Helsinki for Summit Next Month," 28 June 2018 The money and power elite, the public sector unions, the banks, and the oligarchs and the rest know Vallas could run Chicago from day one, without any learning curve. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "The one thing Rahm Emanuel doesn't want: Paul Vallas in a runoff," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of oligarch

circa 1610, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for oligarch

Greek oligarchēs, from olig- + -archēs -arch

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English Language Learners Definition of oligarch

: a person who belongs to a small group of people who govern or control a country, business, etc.

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